By PAM HARBAUGH
Two new musicals open this weekend — “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the Henegar Center and “The Who’s Tommy” at Surfside Playhouse. Here’s some quick info on both of them:
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at the Henegar marks the Florida premiere of this new George Gershwin musical. Yes, I know that sounds odd, but the book is written by prolific and talented Joe DiPietro, who still lives and breathes. Like another musical, “Crazy for You,” producers put into a new musical George Gershwin’s fabulous and highly recognizable tunes written decades ago. The story is set during prohibition and concerns bootleggers and romance. It runs through March 20 at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $16 to $26. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or just click onto the ad on the right side of this page. Read more by clicking here.
THE WHO’S TOMMY at Surfside Playhouse is all about rock music from The Who. You’ll get your fill of Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. But please be advised there is a ton of STRONG LANGUAGE and ADULT THEMES in this show. Surfside’s production is directed by Michael Thompson, music directed by Dorothy Wright and choreographed by Desiree Parkman. “Tommy” runs through March 20. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street and Brevard Ave.) in Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $17 to $22. Call 321-783-3127 or visit SurfsidePlayers.com.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN continues through March 20 at Titusville Playhouse. To read about how the theater actually gets it to rain all over the stage, click here. Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St., Titusville, FL. It performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $20 to $26. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
NOT QUITE RIGHT Improv Show 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. This full-length show is completely unscripted, based off audience suggestions. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Tickets limited. $12 to $15. The shows frequently sell out. Doors open at 7 p.m., with an opening act at 7:30 p.m. Main show begins at 8 p.m. Visit www.nqrcomedy.com.
IMPRINTS: THOSE MADE / LEFT BEHIND by photographer David Wallace has its public meet and greet tonight at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. As the press release states: “Born and raised in Florida, David moved to California shortly after graduating from the University of Florida. For almost 25 years, he has worked extensively in various artistic fields focusing on Graphic Design, Visual Production and Marketing for the Motion Picture Industry. Just about 5 years ago he re-discovered his love and passion for photography which he combines with his graphics background to create his unique Photo-Illustrations.” The photos in the exhibit focuses in part on his love of Paris. Tonight’s public opening runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 27 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
CAMINOS TRANSITADOS / PATHS TAKEN: A RETROSPECTIVE OF FRANCISCO “GORDILLO” Arredondo Baba Oñi runs through March 12 at the Foosaner Art Museum, 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. The exhibit comprises work by a leading Cuban contemporary artist is free during the museum’s gallery renovation. Also, the Foosaner now has free admission every day…and it has changed its hours. Read about those changes by clicking here. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
REIMAGINED: INNOVATIONS IN FIBER ART by Alex Trimino and Carrie Sieh runs through May 7 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. This is a vivid, fun, engaging exhibit filled with color and, as the title suggests — imagination. This is a real treat. Free admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.